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Sewing bag

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Language: Unangam Tunuu (Eastern Aleut and Atkan dialects)

My mom used to have one, made out of just ordinary material…One pocket has threads, another pocket has a thimble, another pocket has scissors, and then it’s folded and tied, and you roll it.

—Mary Bourdukofsky, 2003

This handsome roll-up bag was sewn from white-tanned seal esophagus, decorated with red and black-painted esophagus and caribou hair embroidery. It has a pouch, a rounded flap, and a braided sinew cord that wraps around the bag when it is rolled up. Women used this type to hold sewing notions and men carried them as hunting bags to hold rifle cartridges, knife sharpeners, and other small tools.

Culture: Unangax (Aleut)
Region: Alaska
Object Category: Baskets, bags, boxes
Dimensions: Length 44cm
Accession Date: 1872
Source: Vincent Colyer (donor)
Museum: National Museum of Natural History
Museum ID Number: E011078